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Chris Harrison and his team of indentured servants did their best to get us hyped for Juan Pablo Galavis’s Bachelor 2014 finale on Monday, March 10. He tweeted, he pleaded, and he blew the house down. At least by Season 18 standards. Whereas the rest of the season was high on drama but low on ratings, the final three hours more than made up for it.

We don’t know what viewers’ motivation was to tune in to the Season 18 finale and “After the Final Rose” special, but they came out in droves. The finale pulled in a 3.3 rating and 10 ratings share in the 18-49 demo, with 10.1 million viewers in the key demo, according to TVbytheNumbers. That number was surprisingly close to Sean Lowe’s 2013 finale, which pulled a 3.5 rating and identical ratings share, and only a few more folks tuned in — 10.42 vs. 10.1.

The “After the Final Rose” special was the real draw, though, possibly because people wanted to find out if Juan Pablo and Nikki Ferrell were still together. They are, surprisingly, and have since retreated from public view with their not-love-exactly relationship. So, just how many folks were keen to see their bond and make sure Clare Crawley was okay? Nearly 11 million! The 10.97 million folks who tuned in earned the show a 3.8 rating with an 11 share, topping Sean’s 3.8/10 and 10.8 million viewership by a hair.  

Compared to the previous week’s season low ratings for the “Women Tell All” special, this must’ve seemed like Christmas to producers — you know, like if Christmas is filled with petulant children who “slap the hand that feeds them.” The lucky (is that the right word?) Bachelor fangirls who tuned in on March 10 also got to see the beautiful Andi Dorfman be confirmed as the Bachelorette for Season 10. (Get a head start on checking out the guys you’ll tune in for.)

If you missed — or avoided — the Season 18 Finale or "After the Final Rose," we've got your recaps up.  

Are you surprised that the finale and “After the Final Rose” specials got such big audiences? Let us know why or why not below!

Source: TVbytheNumbers; TVbytheNumbers


Julia Wayne is an Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!